Mercy Health Foundation Joplin and Mercy Breast Center first to bring innovative breast imaging to the region

February 13, 2015

Mercy Health Foundation Joplin and Mercy Breast Center have a heart for the health of area women.  Mercy Hospital and the Foundation have provided funding for the region’s first 3D mammogram (tomosynthesis) technology, the latest in breast imaging technology. In fact, TIME named tomosynthesis as one of the most remarkable health advances of 2014.

A co-worker and physician reception was held on February 13 at 10:00 a.m. at the Mercy Breast Center located inside the new Mercy Hospital at 100 Mercy Way, Joplin.  The event included Valentine refreshments and tours of the breast center.  Co-workers were encouraged to wear pink on Friday in honor of breast cancer awareness and in celebration of Mercy’s commitment to offer the most advanced care to area patients.

SenoClaire, which was approved by the FDA in September, uses a low-dose short X-ray sweep around the positioned breast with nine exposures acquired with a “step-and-shoot” method, removing the potential motion from the tube helping to reduce blur and increase image sharpness.

The advantages 3D mammography offers include:

  • Better screening and earlier detection through minimization of overlapping tissues in images;
  • Enhanced image quality allowing better visualization for radiologists to help distinguish harmless abnormalities from real cancers;
  • Reduced patient anxiety and fewer callbacks.

“Mercy Breast Center has always been committed to the fight against breast cancer.  The new 3D imaging will enhance our ability to detect breast cancer at earlier stages, when it’s most treatable,” said WC Dandridge, MD, Mercy Breast Center medical director. “As a physician, having the latest diagnostic and treatment tools means a lot – that patients can receive state-of-the-art care right here at Mercy Breast Center Joplin.”

Mammogram screening is proven to reduce breast cancer-related deaths and Mercy Health Foundation Joplin helps ensure that every woman has access to this life-saving screening.  Through the generosity of individual donors and groups such as Hope 4 You Breast Cancer Foundation, the Foundation’s Mammogram Fund provides funding for mammograms for women who are uninsured or under-insured.

To learn more about Mercy Health Foundation, call 417.625.2267 or email or for more information on Mercy Breast Center, call 417.625.2273 or log on to

Mercy Health Foundation, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, raises money and community awareness for Mercy Hospital. It is dependent on the support of individuals, corporations and foundations to help Mercy meet community health care needs. Mercy Health Foundation invests its philanthropic support in facilities and the advancement of technologies and programs to enhance Mercy’s ability to provide excellence in health care. For more information, visit

Mercy is the fifth largest Catholic health care system in the U.S. and serves millions annually. Mercy includes 34 acute care hospitals, four heart hospitals, two children’s hospitals, three rehab hospitals and two orthopedic hospitals, nearly 700 clinic and outpatient facilities, 40,000 co-workers and more than 2,000 Mercy Clinic physicians in Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma. Mercy also has outreach ministries in Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. 

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